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February 7, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

1. PROSECUTION EXPECTED TO REST IN CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION TRIAL OF SUSPENDED STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN

Allegheny County prosecutors are expected to call their final witnesses today, after which Melvin’s attorneys will begin calling witnesses on her behalf. They’ve yet to say whether Melvin will take the stand to deny charges she used her former state-paid judicial staffers and those of her sister, former state Sen. Jane Orie, to do campaign work.

2. JUDGE DECLARES MISTRIAL AFTER ‘UNFORESEEN’ DEVELOPMENT: PLAINTIFF’S PROSTHETIC EYE POPS OUT ON WITNESS STAND

The man is suing over the loss of his eye during a 2011 fight outside a bar. The judge has scheduled a new trial March 4.

3. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAYS VETERANS AFFAIRS LAB DIDN’T PROMPTLY REPORT LEGIONNAIRES’ CASES

The CDC’s report says the VA hospital lab delayed reporting some positive tests. Five patients have died of Legionnaires’ at Pittsburgh’s Veterans Affairs hospitals.

4. OFFICERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTINGS ON BOTH ENDS OF THE STATE

State police say a Pymatuning Township officer wounded a gunman who shot a woman before the officer answered a 911 call at a northwestern Pennsylvania residence Wednesday night. About the same time near Philadelphia, police say a transit police officer shot a knife-wielding man in a crowded transit station in Upper Darby.

5. HAVERFORD COLLEGE STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGES SENDING HOAX EMAIL LAMPOONING FINANCIAL AID FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

The message wrongly stated that Haverford adopted need-blind admissions for such students, meaning their ability to pay tuition would not be a factor in gaining entrance to the selective liberal arts school. The college already has need-blind admissions for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. A school official says the message trivializes a serious issue.

 

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